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Knowing God…Is There an App for that?

posted by Robert Gelinas
How do you integrate faith and technology?

Computers, mp3 players, smart phones, blogs and social media are a part of the fabric of life in the 21st century. Take my iPhone for example.  I use it to to find movies, check TV listings, locate the nearest registered sex offenders in my neighborhood, and connect with friends via Facebook and Twitter.  Recently, I’ve been using it to communicate with God.  

For example, I now read and listen to  scripture, pray and lift my heart in worship all aided by my iPhone.  Recently, I downloaded an App for the Stations of the Cross to help me meditate upon the passion of Christ.
How you are using technology in your walk with God? Do you listen to sermons via podcast?  What about blogs, Facebook and Twitter?

Share your best practice?


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Ummahstream

posted March 26, 2010 at 9:41 am


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Alan Baumbach

posted March 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm


I have used my BlackBerry in several ways spiritually. I subscribe to the VOTD (Verse of the Day) to get a Bible verse emailed to me each day. I also subscribe to various Heartlight emails for daily devotions, quotes and thoughts. I subscribe to Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Living comments as well. I have several versions of the Bible that I read from in an app on my BlackBerry. I use both LinkedIn and Facebook not only to keep in touch with my friends in the Spirit but those who are seeking or have even rejected Christ. I post on both of these sites as well as blogs I read with my own perspective, not trying to be a “Bible-thumper” but submitting thoughtful comments from a believer’s view.



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Rebecca J Schaefer

posted March 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm


Was brainstorming a service project this am to mobilize 800 people to serve 30 locations for 4 hours in Denver on a Saturday in May. While in the meeting, I got an email video link of a church in South Carolina that did a similar “All Church Service Project” called LOVE week over Valentine’s week – 1500 folks out helping in their city. Also got a CD of a church in California where everyone left the pews on Sunday & went out and served L.A. for an hour.
How does technology impact my walk? Helps me to see the “throne-room ” perspective that our human good ideas, were generated initially first as God Ideas. Causes me to be grateful, rather than prideful.



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Craig

posted March 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm


The obvious answer is PocketBible from Laridian (http://www.laridian.com), which is a free download for iPhone that gives me a walking Bible library on my iPhone. In addition, though, Laridian has PrayerPartner, which is a program for organizing your prayer list. It uses email to encourage others to pray with you, or to let them know you’re praying for them.
They also offer Romans Road, which is an “e-tract” that lays out the gospel message in simple terms to help you lead someone to Christ. These are all great tools for my iPhone and I wouldn’t want to be without them!



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